Ukip leader Nigel Farage has come to Portsmouth today to kick start the party’s south-east European elections campaign.
Mr Farage is having lunch in Old Portsmouth talking about the candidates gunning to win the 10 Euro seats that are up for grabs and the party’s plans to have a bigger presence in the city than ever before.
Talking to The News, Mr Farage said Portsmouth had been turned into a ‘museum city’ because of defence cuts and the decision to close its shipbuilding division.
He said: ‘in terms of our party, Portsmouth has huge potential.
‘In terms of this city, it will be interesting see what happens with the local elections.
‘We have a full slate of candidates standing in the city.’
Ray Finch, Ukip leader in Hampshire, said: ‘it’s a vote of confidence in Portsmouth from Nigel Farage.
‘He wanted to bring the European election campaign here because Portsmouth is full of ordinary, hard working people.’
Later this afternoon, Mr Farage will lead a press conference at Portsmouth Guildhall before speaking at a Ukip public meeting in the same venue tonight.
Protestors against Mr Farage’s policies are due to congregate outside the building beforehand.